An idea that emerged seven years ago is now really catching on. Today Brooklyn Park celebrated the grand opening of the newly named Sunfish Pond.
Once a stormwater pond, Sunfish Pond came about with city help and has now turned into a family fishing attraction. For one child attending summer camp at the Community Activity Center, sunfish pond has already made quite an impression.
"It's really fun for me because I use to go somewhere that wasn't that fun," said Cameron Safack. "[Kids at camp] stayed in everyday and they like to be on their devices, just wasn't fun."
Brooklyn Park police Inspector Mark Bruley, an avid fisherman, came up with the idea because for a fishing pond because it was something Brooklyn Park really didn't have.
"We build healthy places for them to go play basketball, and parks and rec, and our Community Activity Center here, that's when we really decided, 'you know what, we need to build a place where kids can come and go fishing,'" said Bruley.
Sunfish Pond is located next to the Community Activity Center and the Brooklyn Park police station on 85th Avenue.
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